Mr Paul Thompson (Diocesan representative appointed 1st September 2021)

Paul was appointed as Director of Education for the Diocese of Lincoln in September 2021. Having been a successful Deputy Director of Education since 2010, Paul has an excellent knowledge of the 141 schools in the diocese. Paul has built a very strong school improvement team consisting of 11 Associate Advisers and 5 specialist advisers to work alongside the internal diocesan education team of 8. He is able to draw on the strengths and expertise within the diocesan schools as well as the team of advisers and key partners in education such as the teaching school hubs, local authorities and independent consultants. Paul’s career in education spans 26 years with the majority of that time in senior leadership positions. He holds the NPQH qualification and has been a successful headteacher for seven years achieving a good OfSTED and Outstanding SIAMs inspection during this time. Paul is also a SIAMs manager and oversees the training and support for church school inspections. He uses his wealth of experience to lead the school effectiveness advisers and ensure the school improvement strategies bring about sustained development in schools and academies.

Mr Duncan Pickering  (original signatory to M of A)

Duncan is a solicitor specialising in Corporate and Property Law, Education Law, Charity Law and governance.

Duncan has been qualified as a solicitor for over 27 years and runs his own niche legal practice specialising in education, charity and business and property law. He has acted for over 70 converter schools, ranging from small infant schools with less than 100 on roll to large federations converting as a Multi Academy Trust.

Duncan is vice chair of a secondary MAT and vice-chair at a primary C of E MAT. He is a member of Learn AT MAT in Market Harborough.

Duncan has experience of going into failing schools to help governing bodies drive standards, as well as experience of submitting free school applications and assisting schools wanting to become DfE approved sponsor academies.

He has undertaken a Church of England Chairs’ development programme and is a National Leader of Governance.

Away from work and education Duncan enjoys regular holidays now his children are all at university. He is a particular fan of Turkey where he has a family villa. His golf is not as good as his 14 handicap suggests!

Mr Nick Page (appointed May 2021)

Now retired, Nick’s professional background was in social work, firstly as a childcare practitioner and later as a senior manger responsible for children and family services, including for ‘Looked After’ children, children with disabilities, child protection (safeguarding) and other services.  Outside of social work he was an experienced assessor within the public sector, having a particular focus on the quality of customer service, whether in education, health or local government services.

As a worshipping member of Bourne Abbey Church and on the Prochial Church Council, Nick supports the strenghtneing ties between church and academies.

Mrs Joanne Derrick (appointed November 2018)

Joanne Derrick is a Business Analyst with 31 years’ experience in the Life and Pensions Industry. She is currently a Test Lead of a team Offshore in India, delivering Transformation for a global company and specialising in the financial aspects.  Jo’s strengths are managerial and analytical skills.

Jo is a Member of Abbey Academies Trust and until  summer 2019 was Chair of the Local Governing Body at Bourne Elsea Park C of E Primary Academy where she served as a parent governor.  Married with 3 children, Jo believes in ‘giving back’ to society via those roles for the benefit of the children and the local community.